government operational research

Schemes

Government Operational Research

On the Government Operational Research Service Fast Stream, you’ll use scientific and mathematical techniques to find better solutions to government policy making and resolve complex management problems.

Duration

Min 3 years

Salary

£27k

Location

UK-wide

About

Operational Research (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better policy decisions.


You’ll do this using techniques ranging from quick back-of-the-envelope calculations to complicated systems dynamics models, forecasting, simulation and analytics.


Different OR techniques can be used to objectively assess the current situation and how different changes might affect it. Our work brings government policy to life and has an impact on everyone in the UK.


Requirements

  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, a 2:1 or higher in a highly numerate degree subject
  • Or 2:2 with a highly numerate postgraduate degree (subjects like maths, statistics and physics; for mixed degrees, at least 50% should be in a highly numerate subject).

What will you experience?

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You will be using your intellect and creativity as problems can be complex, often with no single ‘right answer’. Your work will support all areas of government, including policy-making, strategy and operations.


Operational researchers commonly work with economists, statisticians, social researchers, scientists and those in policy. Whilst most OR Fast Streamers only work in analytical posts, it is also possible to take up generalist posts, such as working in a private office (working directly with a Minister and liaising with departments on their behalf).


You will join the Government Operational Research Service (GORS) with access to over 700 members. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to 55k.


What do they say

Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

Our training includes:

  • 2-day residential induction course
  • Access to a range of high quality training courses to develop your OR professional skills and wider leadership and management skills.
  • Access to a programme of cross-government events and conferences
  • Support in achieving professional accreditation by the OR Society (if desired).

Up to £55k

If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.

What benefits will you enjoy?

benefits

You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.

Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more.

Application Process

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Online tests

The online tests consist of Work Style Questionnaires and multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaires, Work Based Scenarios and a video interview.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.

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Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you’ll be invited to attend a half day assessment centre in either London or Newcastle. The Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC) reflects some of the key elements of a Fast Stream role and will consist of a leadership exercise, a group exercise and a written analysis exercise. Information is presented via an iPad tablet; alternative formats are available.

You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:

London

Newcastle

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Final selection

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.

The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.

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